The idea that all the medical information a healthcare worker needs is immediately available for free on the Internet is not limited to hospital administrators, or accrediting agencies. When I was at the 10th ICML a prestigious researcher proudly told us that his new institute doesn't have (or need) a library. The Internet and personal subscriptions supply all their information needs. When I asked for clarification it turns out that they are relying on library services and electronic resources provided by libraries, just not one that his institution pays for. When I pointed out that he was actually using libraries he still didn't see the need for one at his institute because someone else was paying for his access and that was all he cared about. The only place I don't see this attitude is at the small hospitals in the US affiliated Pacific Islands where a friend and I are setting up medical libraries. Having relied only on electronic resources in an area with limited Internet access, they are grateful for having physical materials. We are now working on developing library managers for the libraries to add to the services they provide. [Disclaimer] This is my opinion and not that of my employer, the hospital, the US Navy, the US DoD, or any other sentient being. good day, Alice AEHadley Guam Your Personal Medical INFORMATION Shopper for patient care, education and research Medical Library 344-9250 The more you know the better you heal. -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mary Hanson Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 12:22 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: help JCAHO No there isn't. "Library" or anything similar cannot be found anywhere in the JCAHO documents. Nor, will you find it used in many of the requirements for the residencies or for the students. The "24 hours access to current information" business is the best it gets. Librarians know that means someone, somewhere is purchasing and managing access to such resources, but the administrators don't seem to realize this. Mary Mary A. Hanson, M.S.L. Saint Mary's Health Sciences Library 200 Jefferson SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 voice: 616-685-6260 fax: 616-685-6419 >>> "Tylman, Vislava" <[log in to unmask]> 08/17/2010 9:23 AM >>> But there is no word "library"! Vislava Tylman, MLS Goldblatt Medical Library Cleveland Clinic Florida 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd. Weston, FL 33331 Phone: 954-659-5531 Fax: 954-659-5532 -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Daley, Christina Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:26 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: help JCAHO Hi Linda Here you go: IM.03.01.01 : Knowledge-based information resources are available, current, and authoritative. 1 The hospital provides access to knowledge-based information resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (See also IM.01.01.03, EPs 2 and 6) 2 The hospital makes cooperative or contractual arrangements with another institution(s) to provide knowledge-based information resources that are not available on site. IM.01.01.03 : The hospital plans for continuity of its information management processes. 2 The hospital's plan for managing interruptions to information processes addresses the following: Scheduled and unscheduled interruptions of electronic information systems. (See also IM.03.01.01, EP 1; EM.01.01.01, EP 6) 6 The hospital implements its plan for managing interruptions to information processes to maintain access to information needed for patient care, treatment, and services. (See also IM.03.01.01, EP 1) Christina Daley, MLS, MHA Director, Health Sciences Library at Lancaster General 555 North Duke Street Lancaster, PA 17604 (717)544-5697 [log in to unmask] -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Linda Jeffery Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:17 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: help JCAHO Is it stated anywhere in the JCAHO manual that a hospital library is required? Thanks as always for your help. 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